VIDEO: Promoting a budding career outdoors

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Bury in Bloom is looking to promote more young people to consider a career in countryside management.

The charity’s coordinator, Melanie Lesser, inspired by a scheme from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), wants to actively encourage more youngsters to get involved with Bury in Bloom, as well as considering horticulture as a career path.

Melanie Lesser pictured with Will Hardy, Ranger at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.'Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-150223-231501009

Melanie Lesser pictured with Will Hardy, Ranger at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.'Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-150223-231501009

The RHS has recently filmed a video project to inspire those with a love of the outdoors to get into groundskeeping and gardening.

Will Hardy, 24, from Bury St Edmunds, has worked as a park ranger at Nowton Park for the past 12 months.

He said it is a great career for young people to get into as you never know what each day will bring.

He said: “The average day of a ranger is incredibly varied, you have no idea what you will be getting up to.

Will Hardy - Ranger at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.'Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-150223-231513009

Will Hardy - Ranger at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.'Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-150223-231513009

“Mainly it’s governed by the seasons.

“At the moment it’s winter so we are doing a lot of planting, we are taking deliveries of trees and that kind of thing.

“As the months progress we will be getting into mowing and cutting - we have our coppicing season, a lot of coppicing with hazel.

“It’s just very varied - the phone can ring and you will have to deal with another job elsewhere.

“I think one reason I love it so much is you can wake up in the morning and you have no idea - you can come up with a plan, you can come up with an agenda but it always goes by the wayside. I do enjoy that side of the work.

“I also enjoy that I think you are doing some good really -people get to enjoy and see your work.
“It’s one of those jobs where you can step back at the end of the day and say ‘that’s what I have achieved’. Job satisfaction is very high.”

Will got into groundskeeping through volunteering after completing a university degree in geography.

“I have always had an interest in nature and the outdoors”, he said.

“I would go out for walks when I was a kid, I would be in the garden just messing around building dens, fishing, pine cone fights - you mess around but you begin to appreciate what is around you.

“After university I knew I wanted to work outdoors.

“In between working out what I wanted to do I did a lot of volunteering.

“I volunteered at Bradfield Woods which was great - I learnt a lot about coppicing, a lot about general woodland environments - that was fantastic. I used to go every Tuesday and Thursday and I loved it. That’s my main advice, volunteer.”

For the video interview with Will, visit www.buryfreepress.co.uk